What’s New In Games This Week

This week’s releases are all about getting things done. A console heavyweight makes the first decent portable outing since God knows when, but instead of figuring out some bad guy’s motivations, it’s all about helping each other survive. One of the most cherished fighting franchises is back with the tools to enable those who are serious, to really get serious. And finally, follow the steps that UFC fighters take to get into the Octagon.

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3DS
[BoxTitle]Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3DS[/BoxTitle] [WatchTrailer]http://heavy.com/games/games-videos/game-trailers/2011/06/resident-evil-the-mercenaries-3d-character-trailer/[/WatchTrailer] [BuyNow]http://www.gamestop.com/nintendo-3ds/games/resident-evil-the-mercenaries-3ds/89880[/BuyNow]

Now that everyone has the number one reason to have a 3DS, what about number two? The first of two highly anticipated Resident Evils are finally here, and it looks to be well worth the hype. If you’re familiar with any of the Mercenaries modes in past titles, you’ll be at home here – just you against wave after wave of foes in an enclosed space with a time limit. Gotta think smart and gotta think fast. Unlike most consoles to hand-held transitions, this time the gameplay is actually enhanced by going portable, though the added refinements to the core formula certainly helps. Now you can fire and reload while moving? Thank God. Nintendo 3DS

Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
[BoxTitle]Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition[/BoxTitle] [WatchTrailer]http://heavy.com/games/2011/02/super-street-fighter-4-arcade-edition-game-trailer/[/WatchTrailer] [BuyNow]http://www.gamestop.com/browse?nav=16k-Super+Street+Fighter+IV+Arcade+Edition[/BuyNow]

Yay, yet ANOTHER version of SF4. Though they say this is the very last one you’ll need. So what’s the deal here? Well, a bunch of new characters mostly: Evil Ryu makes his long-awaited return (haven’t seen him since Alpha 3 I believe) and another new bad guy, worse than Akuma, aka Oni. Plus, two more familiar faces, Yun and Yang who were last seen in SF3. But most important of all are all the enhancements that should allow those who are super serious about competing with the big boys to do so. Best part is how you don’t need yet another disc to take up space on your shelf; existing owners of Super Street Fighter 4 can simply download a DLC and get up to speed with the new version in stores today. PS3, Xbox 360

UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System
[BoxTitle]UFC Personal Trainer:The Ultimate Fitness System[/BoxTitle] [WatchTrailer]http://heavy.com/games/2011/04/ufc-personal-trainer-game-trailer/[/WatchTrailer] [BuyNow]http://www.gamestop.com/browse?nav=16k-UFC+Personal+Trainer+The+Ultimate+Fitness+System[/BuyNow]

Exercise regimens via video games are basically dime a dozen, but this one is obviously a little different, for perhaps obvious reasons. As effective as they might be, the stuff that is stressed in Wii Fit is a bit vanilla, so it’s nice to have something a bit more intense and with personality. The workouts have all been designed by The National Academy of Sports Medicine, in conjunction with three MMA experts, and closely resemble activities that are used by the real deals. A bunch of different fighting styles are represented – traditional boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, muay thai, and more. Plus, expect to see some familiar faces, like Mark DellaGrotte, Javier Mendez, and Greg Jackson. They all helped to shape the game as well. PS3, Xbox 360, Wii